This is a guest post written by my husband.
For my last race of the 2016 calendar, I decided to switch things up and run a 5K. On Saturday, October 1, I took part in the Roc the Croc 5K held in Westlake, Ohio. This race is held at Crocker Park Shopping Center every year. This is put on to raise funding for and awareness of pediatric cancer. Overall, the race was okay, I would recommend this to anyone looking to run for a good cause.
The day before the race I picked up my bib and T-shirt at the Fleet Feet Sports over in Westlake. The shirt is good quality – better than some of the cotton shirts I have gotten at other races. Aside from the shirt and bib, there was no grab bag or goodies.
Roc the Croc
Leading up to the Roc the Croc race, there was plenty of festivities. While a cover band provided the entertainment, people were flocking around a few booths, as a couple of families where there to raise awareness for pediatric cancer and the personal fights their loved ones are going through.
The Roc the Croc race itself was quicker than the 5-Milers I ran over the summer. It was a simple course that started on Main Street in Crocker Park Shopping Center and exited into the southbound lane of Crocker Road. A major critique I had with the start of the race was that the starting area was too narrow to accommodate the 500+ participants.
I positioned myself near the front, but the problem was that there were walkers up front. Once the race started many runners had to bob and weave between the walkers in order to get to open road. Once I got in the open, the route took us down Crocker Road to Hilliard Boulevard where we turned heading west.
About a half-mile down was the halfway point and turnaround that took the same route back to Crocker Park Shopping Center. The course overall could not be any flatter and there was ample shade for the time of the day. The weather itself was overcast with breaks of sun. The temperature was in the low 60s.
Upon finishing Roc the Croc, runners were offered post-race refreshments – bottled water, bananas and granola bars. The post-race offerings were not lacking as compared to other races I ran.
Race Metrics & Results
During the Roc the Croc race, my Garmin Forerunner 10 watch recorded my data:
Garmin Time: 26:10
Chip Time: 26:09
Gun Time: 26:20
Distance: 3.07 Miles
Mile 1: 8:17
Mile 2: 8:40
Mile 3: 8:44
The 0.1 mile: 0:30
As I had mentioned before, that the start of the race I had to bob and weave around runners. Without the slow start, I think my first mile time could have been a sub 8-minute pace. When you look at the gun time and compare it to my chip, or Garmin times, it took me 10 seconds to cross the starting line – thus going back to my critique of walkers being up front.
I will admit that my training was lack luster compared to my prior races. Overall I felt pretty good though throughout the whole Roc the Croc 5K race. I did not push myself too much for fear of injury, however, my mile times were all sub 9-minutes. The biggest thing I take away from this is that the all the running I have been doing all summer has paid off. I have maintained a somewhat consistent conditioning.